Love Island presenter Caroline Flack‘s boyfriend Lewis Burton today said it was ‘heartbreaking’ he can’t see her over Christmas after a court heard she hit him over the head with a lamp while he was sleeping at 5am.
Flack, 40, and her partner Mr Burton were both allegedly covered in blood when police arrived at their flat in Islington, North London, on December 12 – with one officer describing the chaotic scene as ‘like a horror movie’.
But Mr Burton posted a picture of himself kissing Flack, hours after a judge said she was banned from contacting Mr Burton and from attending his address – which left both Flack and Mr Burton with their head in their hands.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s heartbreaking I can’t see my girlfriend over Christmas. What I witnessed today was horrible. Arguments do happen every day in every relationship. Gutted I am not allowed to protect her right now.’
Flack was accused of ‘going mad’ and smashing a glass after looking at texts which made her think Mr Burton was cheating – with him saying in a 999 call that she ‘tried to kill me, mate’, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard.
Mr Burton was said to have been ‘almost begging the operator to send help’ with his face ‘covered in blood’, while Flack – who has now been replaced as Love Island host by Laura Whitmore – allegedly had two cuts to her wrist.
After being taken into custody, ITV host Flack – whom the court heard was ‘manipulative’ towards Mr Burton and accused him of ruining her life – allegedly flipped over a table and had to be restrained on the ground by police.
Flack has now been released on bail until her trial on March 4 next year. She allegedly said ‘I did it’ and claimed under caution that she would kill herself – also admitting she ‘whacked him round the head’, the court was told.
Her boyfriend was allegedly left with ‘significant head injuries’ and claimed in the 999 call that Flack had ‘cracked my head open’, but the court heard Flack wants to ‘spend time’ with him over the Christmas and New Year period.
Flack broke down into floods of tears after she entered the court lobby this morning, and was sobbing as a friend supported her. She also cried again when she sat in the dock – and pleaded not guilty to common assault.
After the hearing, Flack – who was joined at court by her mother Christine – thanked fans for their ‘continued support and love’, saying on Instagram: ‘It’s going to be a relief when I am able to give my side of the story.’
Love Island host Caroline Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London today with two police officers
Flack gets a kiss and hug from her mother Christine Flack following today’s case at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court
Mr Burton posted a picture of himself with Flack on his Instagram, with the comment: “It’s heartbreaking I can’t see my girlfriend over Christmas. “What I witnessed today was horrible. Arguments do happen every day in every relationship. “Gutted I am not allowed to protect her right now.”
Flack is photographed as she leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London after the hearing today
Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today after she pleaded not guilty to assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today following the hearing. She is next due to appear in March
Lewis Burton leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today after his girlfriend Flack pleaded not guilty to assaulting him
Flack, 40, was charged with common assault after a 5am bust-up at her flat earlier this month
Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today (left), where she appeared in the dock (right, in a court sketch)
Earlier, Flack, wearing high black leather boots and a black coat, walked into the court with a friend called Mollie Grosberg, a TV producer. She arrived shortly after Mr Burton, who was wearing a winter parka coat.
Arriving in the courtroom, Flack walked past the packed public gallery accompanied by a police officer and a member of her legal team, and wiped her eyes as she sat down before confirming her details.
The court gallery was full of observers and supporters, including Mr Burton. Flack appeared before District Judge Julia Newton and spoke only to confirm her date of birth and address. She gave her nationality as British.
Paul Morris, defending, said Mr Burton was not a victim of assault and that he did not support the prosecution. He said: ‘Mr Burton has never supported this prosecution. He is not the victim, as he would say, he was a witness.’
But Katie Weiss, prosecuting, replied: ‘Mr Burton is a victim, he received significant injury to his head.’ Ms Weiss added that the Crown are pursuing the case. Flack sat in the dock with her hands to her mouth.
Wrapped up in a black coat and scarf, Flack appeared distressed throughout the hearing – and the court went silent as District Judge Newton looked through the court papers.
Flack broke down in tears as she sat in the dock. Holding her hand in front of her eyes, she sniffed. The judge gave Flack’s legal team until January 20 next year to provide further evidence to the court.
Mr Morris continued: ‘He would not suggest that the injuries are significant in the way the prosecution submit.’ Ms Weiss said the trial would use body-worn footage from the police at the scene and a 999 call.
Lewis Burton leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court after Flack pleaded not guilty to assaulting him
Flack kisses her mother as she leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London today following the hearing
Caroline Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London today
Flack (centre) is escorted by police as she arrives at Highbury Magistrates’ Court in North London this morning
Flack (pictured today) and her partner were both allegedly covered in blood when police arrived at their flat
A police officer helps Flack get into court today as she arrived with a friend called Mollie Grosberg, a TV producer (right)
Flack’s solicitor applied to have a bail condition banning her from talking to Mr Burton lifted. Mr Morris said: ‘They had been in a relationship all of this year and he appears in court today to support her and they remain a couple.
‘She wants to spend time with her partner. If the conditions were lifted there would be no concerns. It’s not an irrelevant point, it’s Christmas, it’s New Year, she’s suffered enough.’
After the hearing, Flack took to Instagram to say: ‘It’s going to be a relief when I am able to give my side of the story’
Flack began to cry into her hand as Mr Morris spoke. ‘She is in the public eye – this case has been scrutinised, she will conduct herself properly,’ Mr Morris added.
Outlining the prosecution case, Ms Weiss told the court: ‘At 5.25am on the 12 December he (Lewis Burton) made an allegation against his girlfriend Caroline Flack. Police then made their way to the address.
‘Police then knocked on the door eight minutes later and it was opened by both of them. Both were covered in blood. And in fact one of the police officers likened the scene to a horror movie.
‘He (Burton) said he had been asleep and had been hit over the head by Caroline by a lamp. It cut his head and his face was covered in blood. He said that Caroline smashes a glass and caused injuries.
‘She had two lacerations to her left wrist. She took his phone while he was sleeping. She had seen text messages which made her think he was cheating. In the 999 call the complainant said quite clearly that his girlfriend was beating him up.
‘He asked repeatedly for help. He was almost begging the operator to send help. He said: She is going mad, breaking stuff. I’ve just woken up. She’s cracked my head open.’
The defendant is calling him an a***hole saying ‘It’s all your fault, you’ve ruined my life’, calling him an a***hole repeatedly.’ He said ‘you’ve cracked my head open’. He told the operator ‘she tried to kill me mate’.
The prosecutor told court that police body worn cameras revealed their first encounter with the couple. Her lawyer Mr Morris told the court that Flack and Mr Burton are still a couple.
Another court sketch of Flack appearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court next to a police officer today
Flack is helped into Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London by police officers this morning
Flack, wearing high black leather boots and a black coat, arrives at the court in London today
Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London today charged with assault
Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court to face the assault charge this morning
Flack gets out of the back of a car after arriving at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today
Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court with her friend Mollie Grosberg ahead of the hearing today
Flack arrives in a car at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London today after she was charged with assault
Ms Weiss continued: ‘It is clear the defendant is manipulative towards him. She calls him an a***hole and vile and says he has ruined her life when she has ruined her own life by committing the assault.’
Ms Weiss told the court Flack was disruptive while in police custody. She said: ‘Her behaviour gets worse, she flips over a table and then has to be restrained on the ground.’
The prosecutor added that Flack had ‘flouted’ her bail condition not to have any direct or indirect contact with Mr Burton. ‘She breached this almost immediately by posting a message on Instagram by writing to my boyfriend I love you,’ Ms Weiss said.
Judge Newton adjourned the hearing for a ‘risk assessment’ to be carried out on Mr Burton.
Flack put her head in her hands as the judge refused an application to remove bail conditions preventing her from contacting Mr Burton directly or indirectly and from attending his address.
Mr Burton, in the public gallery, also put his hand to his face, before the couple left the courtroom separately. She was released on conditional bail before her trial on March 4, which is expected to last a day-and-a-half.
Flack’s boyfriend Lewis Curtis appears at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London this morning
Mr Burton arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London this morning
Flack was charged with common assault at the flat she shares with her partner Mr Burton (pictured) in Islington, North London
Mr Burton is photographed as he arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this morning
District Judge Newton told her: ‘You pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by beating. We have heard the application to vary bail conditions but the risk remains a medium, albeit reduced from a high risk.
‘The bail conditions will remain the same as they are necessary to protect Mr Burton.’ One woman, who sat in the public gallery during the hearing, heckled Ms Weiss as she left court by saying ‘shame on you’ repeatedly.
After the hearing, Flack took to Instagram to say: ‘Thankfully I know a lot of you will not believe all that you read following today’s court hearing… Thank you for your continued support and love… It’s going to be a relief when I am able to give my side of the story, when I’m allowed to.’
It comes after Flack and Mr Burton unfollowed each other on Instagram – and the presenter said she did not know ‘where to go’ or ‘who to trust’ in an emotional Instagram post yesterday.
She wrote: ‘This is the worst time of my life. I don’t know where to go to. Where to look. Who to trust. Or who I even am.’
Caroline Flack and Lewis Burton leave Sexy Fish restaurant in London’s Mayfair on October 16
Flack no longer has Mr Burton as a contact on Instagram
Mr Burton also no longer has Flack as a contact on Instagram
Miss Flack said she did not know ‘where to go’ or ‘who to trust’ in an Instagram post yesterday
Blood drops on the front door of Flack’s London flat following the incident earlier this month on December 12
Police were called to the 40-year-old’s flat in the early hours of December 12 after reports a man had been assaulted. Flack was charged the following day.
Laura Whitmore, pictured on December 2, was announced as the new Love Island host
Model and ex-tennis player Mr Burton has defended Flack on Instagram describing her as ‘loyal and kind’, and criticised the ‘witch hunt’ following the incident.
The couple, who became an item this summer, reportedly remain together and are going to work through this together.
Following the incident Flack stepped down from the upcoming winter series of Love Island in South Africa.
On Friday ITV confirmed that TV presenter Laura Whitmore will replace Flack as the face of the popular ITV2 programme which sees young singletons find love in the sun.
Flack voiced her support for Miss Whitmore, who is the girlfriend of the show’s narrator Iain Stirling, and told how she is going through a ‘really rough time’.
The 34-year-old also paid tribute to Flack, who she said ‘pushed’ her to accept the role.
She said: ‘I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances. Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend.
‘She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and I know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.’
Flack, who has presented the series since 2015, wrote on Instagram that she is ‘glad it’s Laura’.
She added: ‘Thank you for your continuous messages of support. It’s a really rough time… but I’m doing all I can to keep my head above water and sort this all out.’
ITV has not confirmed whether Flack will return for the summer series next year.
Miss Whitmore has already replaced Flack in a job before, when she took over I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! NOW! – the programme’s follow on show – in 2011.
In 2018 she hosted ITV’s first attempt at a winter version of Love Island, Survival Of The Fittest, also in South Africa, which included eventual Love Island winner Dani Dyer among its contestants.
It was dropped after one series amid poor ratings. Miss Whitmore has dated Stirling since 2017. Love Island begins on ITV2 on January 12.
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Caroline Flack’s rise from spin-off shows to Love Island
Caroline Flack has become synonymous with ITV2 reality series Love Island in recent years.
The TV presenter is often seen entering the dating show’s villa in slow motion shots to deliver the often bad news to the contestants, while the slogan ‘The Flack Is Back’ is one of the programme’s best-known catchphrases.
Along with hosting Love Island’s weekly spin-off show Aftersun, Flack, 40, has hosted all five series of the popular programme, one of the most-watched reality shows in the UK since it launched in 2015.
In 2018, Flack was present as Love Island won its first TV Bafta for best reality and constructed factual show.
Prior to becoming a household name, Flack had presenting jobs on E4 Music and on the CBBC channel before becoming the co-host of action game show Gladiators with Ian Wright in 2009 on Sky One.
In 2009, she became the presenter of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! alongside Joe Swash and Russell Kane.
She left the I’m A Celebrity companion show in 2011 to host another spin-off programme, The Xtra Factor for The X Factor, along with former contestant Olly Murs.
After leaving The Xtra Factor in 2014, Flack and Murs were promoted to host the main ITV show, replacing Dermot O’Leary.
However, the pair only hosted the main show for one year after being widely panned by critics and the viewers at home.
The following year Flack said she had learnt to ignore her detractors, telling The Sun: ‘Not everyone is going to like you so you have to filter it.’
Aside from her presenting jobs, Flack has appeared on the small screen in Strictly Come Dancing and on the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off.
She took part in Strictly in 2014 and was partnered with Pasha Kovalev.
The pair won the series, fending off competition from Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
Four years later, she talked about the difficulties she faced after lifting the Glitterball Trophy, telling The Sun that she felt as though her body was ‘covered’ in ‘clingfilm’ the morning after her dancefloor triumph, adding that she felt ‘ridiculous’ feeling so low.
She added: ‘I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year.’
In March 2019, Flack took part in an episode of Channel 4’s charity show The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer alongside other celebrities including journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, actor Greg Wise and boxer Nicola Adams.
Asked about the technical challenge and whether she was good at coping with pressure, she said: ‘I am good under pressure actually, because that’s the kind of job I do, there’s always pressure, like timings and stuff like that are quite important.
‘I actually work better under pressure, I need it to stop from being lazy, so that’s good!’
Flack made her West End stage debut playing Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2018 having previously appeared on stage in a touring version of Crazy For You.
In 2015, she released an autobiography called Storm In A C Cup.
Aside from her career, Flack’s love life has made headlines over the years thanks to romances with the likes of Harry Styles and Prince Harry.
In 2011, she was linked to One Direction star Styles, who had been on The X Factor the previous year, when he was 17 and she was 31.
In her autobiography, Flack went into detail about how she met Prince Harry on a night out in 2009 through mutual friend Natalie Pinkham after she had split with a boyfriend.
She said they ‘spent the evening chatting and laughing’, but ‘once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other.
‘I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough.’
Flack became engaged to former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady in April last year, but the pair split a few months later.
At the time of being charged with assault following a domestic incident earlier this month, Flack was in a relationship with former tennis player Lewis Burton.
Burton, 27, was reportedly involved in the incident and he recently spoke out about Flack, saying she has become the subject of a ‘witch hunt’ following her arrest.